Rabia Siddique

International humanitarian lawyer, hostage survivor, best-selling author.


Rabia Siddique is a history making humanitarian, best-selling author and multi-award winning international keynote speaker. She is a sought after transformational coach and mentor and speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Current work

Rabia’s powerful and engaging presentations on leadership, resilience, equality and diversity, draw on her personal story of strength, courage and forgiveness, in addition to her legal, military and psychology training. Surviving a hostage crisis in Iraq, Rabia garnered global attention for making the British military accountable for silencing her ordeal as a military lawyer in releasing captured Special Forces soldiers. Standing up for justice in the face of public ridicule, Rabia’s brave action in suing the British Government for sexism and racism became a catalyst for policy change to ensure a fairer workplace for women and cultural minorities in the British military.

Rabia is an expert commentator, regularly appearing in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online media in Australia and around the globe, including The Guardian, 60 Minutes and ABC television.

With her best-selling memoir Equal Justice also the focus of a feature film, she is now writing her second book.

Rabia is an Ambassador for 100 Women, Angelhands, Esther Foundation, Inner Ninja (Mental Health Support) and Ishar (Multicultural Health Service). She is a Board Member of International Foundation of Non- Violence, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, Wesley College and Calan Williams Racing.

Previous experience

Law: Rabia’s extensive career as a criminal, terrorism, war crimes and human rights lawyer has taken her to Europe, the Middle East, South America, South East Asia and Australia.

Military: Her military career includes serving as a British Army officer in England, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. Rabia was one of England’s first Armed Forces Employment Law Officers – a role which took her to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where she ran equality and diversity training. Among her charges was Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.


Talking Points
Equal Justice
What is Holding You Hostage?
Courage Under Fire
Finding Your Voice
Workshop: Leading Through Crisis